New York APOC Defendants Need Your Help

We're putting a call out there for any witnesses who were present at the APOC fundraiser in Brooklyn on November 16, 2003. The lawyers need help continuing to build their case for the trial beginning in February '05. 8 codefendants are facing serious charges. (See letter below for details.) If you were present at this, or know anyone who was present, there are a few things we wanted to ask you. If you or anyone you know remember anything about:

1. Witnessing arrests,
2. The police's initial arrival, or
3. Police brutality

... then contact lawyer Kamau Franklin at 718.875.1850 or karlfranklin@hotmail.com - please do this as soon as you can because the trial begins in a few weeks.

Thank you for your help and solidarity.

A Letter from those arrested in the November 16, 2003 attack.

Dear Friends,

On November 16, 2003 a group of people of color came together to celebrate, enjoy ourselves, and raise money for Anarchist People of Color (APOC) to recoup travel expenses. People through out the organizing community in NYC and beyond were present. Mostly people of color, mostly young, mostly folks who work tirelessly in poor and working class neighborhoods where the work we provide is appreciated and welcomed. We came together at Critical Resistance, an organization dedicated to eliminating reliance on the U.S. prison system to solve social problems. We came together and danced, talked, reading poetry, and played music. Just as the celebration reached its height the unexpected happened and it changed everything.

The police violently attacked our gathering with no reason or cause, except to terrorize and brutalize. It made everything that we work for and believe in that much more challenging; another obstacle had been put in the way of achieving peace and justice.

People of color, women, queer, trans, poor, and immigrant folks know that police brutality is a reality. We were having a peaceful party in a private residence, and they came for us with blood in their eyes. We were targeted because we work for the right to affordable housing, food, healthcare, and education? We were attacked on November 16th because we believe access to the basic needs of life will result in true safety and security in our community. We were beaten, dragged, and choked because we acknowledge the fact that the NYPD has proven to our communities, time and time again, that they themselves are the real threat to safety and security.

The police that came to 968 Atlantic indiscriminately sprayed chemical agents and beat members of our community. People suffered various injuries and experienced trauma that we continue to recover from months later. Eight people were arrested on charges including attempted assault, inciting a riot, obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

The defendants of the November 16th attack, Piper Anderson, Jonathan Wilson, Rickke Mananzala, Lionel Ouellette, Rafael Mutis, and David Gallardo would like to thank you for your generous support over the last year as we fight the criminal case against us. But this is far from over and we still need your support in clearing our names and insuring that acts of repression such as this do not continue to happen to members of our community.

*On February 7, 2005 the criminal trial against us will begin.* To insure that our legal defense is able to provide us with the best possible representation we need your help. Please make a contribution to our legal fund. No contribution is too big or small. It is only with your continued support will we beat the criminal charges against us and fight the NYPD's repression of our community.

*Make checks payable to:* The Brecht Forum, memo line: Critical Resistance, APOC case. Mail to: Critical Resistance NY, 968 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, NY 11238.

*Other ways you can show your support:* *Pack the Court.* February 7, 2005 is our next court date and may mark the start of the criminal trial against us. Help us send a message to the Judge and District Attorney's office that our community stands together and will continue to fight. Please go to the Brooklyn Criminal Courthouse, 120 Schemerhorn, 5th Floor, Rm BTP1, at 9am, Monday, February 7, 2005. You can take the 2, 3, 4, 5 trains to Borough Hall, then walk a few blocks and u are there.

*Write letters to Brooklyn District Atorney Hynes'Office*: Charles Hynes, Kings County District Attorney, 350 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Go to www.criticalresistance.org to check out the sample letter.

*Share press contacts.* Help us get local and mainstream media attention for this case. For more information, contact Jonathan Wilson or Mervyn Mercado at 718-398-2825.

Thank you, much love and fight on,

-written by NYC Defendants *Piper, Rickke, David, Jonathan, Lionel, Rafael*
Monday, 10 January 2005

Source: http://www.illegalvoices.org/